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A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea

A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea
  • Author(s): Dina Nayeri
  • Location(s): Iran
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1980s onwards

Growing up in a small fishing village in 1980s Iran, 11-year-old Saba Hafezi and her twin sister Mahtab are fascinated by America. They keep lists of English vocabulary words and collect contraband copies of Life magazine and Bob Dylan...

City of Lies: Love, Sex, Death and the Search for Truth in Tehran

City of Lies: Love, Sex, Death and the Search for Truth in Tehran
  • Author(s): Ramita Navai
  • Location(s): Tehran
  • Genre(s): Nonfiction
  • Era(s): Modern

Welcome to Tehran, a city where survival depends on a network of subterfuge. Here is a place where mullahs visit prostitutes, drug kingpins run crystal meth kitchens, surgeons restore girls’ virginity and homemade porn is sold in the sprawling...

Jasmine and Stars: Reading More Than Lolita in Tehran

Jasmine and Stars: Reading More Than Lolita in Tehran
  • Author(s): Fatemeh Keshavarz
  • Location(s): Iran
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs, Nonfiction
  • Era(s): Modern

In a direct, frank, and intimate exploration of Iranian literature and society, scholar, teacher, and poet Fatemeh Keshavarz challenges popular perceptions of Iran as a society bereft of vitality and joy. Her fresh perspective on present day Iran provides...

My Father’s Notebook

My Father’s Notebook
  • Author(s): Abby Clements, Kader Abdolah
  • Location(s): Iran
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Second half 20th Century

On a holy mountain in the depths of Persia there is a cave with a mysterious cuneiform carving deep inside it. Aga Akbar, a deaf-mute boy from the mountain, develops his own private script from these symbols and writes...

My Uncle Napoleon

My Uncle Napoleon
  • Author(s): Iraj Pezeshkzad
  • Location(s): Iran, Tehran
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1940s

In the early 1940s, the 15-year-old narrator becomes infatuated with his first cousin Layli. She is the daughter of the narrator’s uncle,nicknamed Napoleon because of his eulogising of the great French leader. Iranian, yes, but universal too, a great...

Persepolis

Persepolis
  • Author(s): Marjane Satrapi
  • Location(s): Iran
  • Genre(s): Graphic Novel
  • Era(s): Modern

The Story of a Childhood and The Story of a Return The intelligent and outspoken child of radical Marxists, and the great-grandaughter of Iran’s last emperor, Satrapi bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her...

Reading Lolita in Tehran

Reading Lolita in Tehran
  • Author(s): Azar Nafisi
  • Location(s): Tehran
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): Late 1900s

For two years before she left Iran in 1997, Azar Nafisi gathered seven young women at her house every Thursday morning to read and discuss forbidden works of Western literature. They were all former students whom she had taught...

Shadow of the Silk Road

Shadow of the Silk Road
  • Author(s): Colin Thubron
  • Location(s): Central Asia, Iran, Turkey
  • Genre(s): Travelogue

Through northern China, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, then through Iran and into Turkey, Thubron travels away from the tourist trails, into the heartlands of the countries – the Gobi Desert, the lyrical descriptions of the mountain ranges…a 7,000 mile journey.

The Blood of Flowers

The Blood of Flowers
  • Author(s): Anita Amirrezvani
  • Location(s): Isfahan
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 17th Century

Set in seventeenth-century Iran, THE BLOOD OF FLOWERS is the powerful and haunting story of a young girl’s journey from innocence to adulthood. A village girl’s dreams of marriage end on the death of her father. Cast on the...

The Company She Keeps

The Company She Keeps
  • Author(s): Diana R Chambers
  • Location(s): Iran, Paris
  • Era(s): Modern

A young southern woman, Evelyn-also known as “E”-is confronted by a CIA officer, Nick, who says her mysterious lover is being investigated as a foreign mole. Shocked, she agrees to cooperate, secretly. E thus enters the international world of...

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